5.04.2011

some new cheer around the house

Like a year ago I bought this children's dictionary, filled with crinkled but beautiful pictures, thinking I could use it "for some project." But it just sat there.

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Over the weekend we bought a child sized table and two chairs (the PB kids Carolina table and chairs!) from a neighbor's garage sale, and I put them in the corner of the dining room.

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It's funny how one little thing can set you off like that. I was really tired of the atmosphere in our dining room, anyway. It was so... serious. Like it was just the dumping ground for stuff I liked that didn't have a place anywhere else and it was fine, yet slightly annoyed me because it was too dark and somber and I am insane and let things like this annoy me. Anyway the new kid-light-fun-sweetness-arts-and-crafts-hooray thing going on in the corner made me want to sew a garland. I mean, on paper and in my head I am SO OVER GARLANDS, yet, what do you know, I found myself sewing a little scrappy and off-center garland out of fabric scraps from the Goodwill bins. And feeling okay about it? Because why not. It took two minutes to make, I can always throw it away in a week.

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So this brings me back to the vintage ABC book. I remembered it, got out scissors and the stapler and made these:

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They are making me so happy. I cannot get enough of the colors in old children's books. This is why I have to buy every last one I find. Do you know how many vintage children's books I have? Someday someone is going to go out looking to buy just one single vintage children's book and not be able to because I BOUGHT THEM ALL.

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That? Is a small small fraction.

My camera is on the fritz and it was kind of an excruciating process just getting these for this post. It has been dying a slow death for the last 8 months or so. My birthday is June 3rd, if anyone wants to buy me a $1000+ present, make it a Canon 7d please and thank you.

Anyway, this is what I've been up to. I always mean to document stuff like this so I can look back and remember when I did what, but forget. So here it is, blogged, on record. This is my dining room in May 2011.

11 comments:

  1. what is the book on the right? is the artist mary blair?

    LOVE it all. love love love!!

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  2. Your creativity blows me away. I love the bows. And I wish I could get my hands on some of those books.

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  3. My birthday is June 3rd too! I love my birthday so much so I get way too excited when someone has their birthday on the same day! Isn't it so great??

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  4. I love it when something like that spurs my creativity too! Your paper flowers are wonderful.

    And my SIL might be able to give you a run for your money on your vintage book collection. I admire you both. :)

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  5. I frequently gut vintage children's books, usually for framing. Recent victims include Alice in Wonderland and Tom Sawyer, both original illustrations! Love them even more on the walls. Your bows look absolutely perfect and I am so jealous of your PB yard sale find!

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  6. I think your room & creations are lovely! I have a HUGE collection of vintage kids books too! I grew up with thrift-store everything, including all my books. Now, I seek out ones from the same era and save them for my future kids :) you cant beat them

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  7. I love little kids chairs and tables. it makes my heart feel warm to look at them. and your lovely decorations, too. you have such a special aesthetic eye and are so creative.

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  8. good lord almighty, those are some pretty vintage children's books! i share this same obsession/LOVE!
    i always spend like 20 minutes hunched over the book bin, and every time, i find at least 3 or 10 that come home with me.

    :)

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  9. Love it. I'm such a voyeur. :) Cheers on the impromptu kid space. And please tell me why I also like to purchase any and all vintage children's books. I have a stack of them that are the super-beat-up one's for labeled in my mind similarly. They've been sitting a few years now. I can't de-clutter them. I haven't been inspired to use them for all of those imagined crafty projects...yet. But I love them still. And they weren't even mine as a child. :)

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  10. I LOVE children's books. Absolutely adore them: when I was about eight, my mom busted out some of her old books to look at. From that day forward I knew I wanted to save all of MY books for my kids to look at someday as well.

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  11. I love children's books - LOVE them. In fact, it's one of the losses I mourn the most about our RV lifestyle this year. It used to make me so happy to see our shelves and shelves of picture books, but that's just not possible when you live in 300sqft.

    Oh well. We won't live in an RV forever. ;)

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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